What is Blood Magic? Blood is the essence of life, the essential component of our being. Since ancient times the association between blood and life force has been well-known.
In the book titled “The Black Arts” by Richard Cavendish, he details the history of blood magic. A person’s life experiences, characteristics and qualities are contained in blood. This is because, through association blood represents the life force of an individual. The blood represents the essence or soul of who he is.
According to Cavendish, an ancient cure for epilepsy was to drink the blood of a slaughtered gladiator, which would give the person the strengths of the warrior who had fallen. Cavendish states that the epileptic should reach the warrior before he has fallen in battle and drink of his as it fell from his wounds.
Another example of the use for blood comes from the tale of Countess Elizabeth Bathory. She was a historical “vampire”, who according to folklore, killed over 600 women and bathed in their blood, supposedly to preserve her age and beauty.1
The Spectators of hangings and executions, like that of hanging of Charles 1 of England and Louis XVI of France, dipped their handkerchiefs into the of those who were executed, to gain the vigor of their dying energy.
During the 17th century, It was said that the carried the life force of the executed criminal and that it was a strong protection from disease and misfortune. This is because the blood contained the “vigorous energy” of a man destroyed while in full health, during the expression of resentment and anger. 2 People believed that was the life-force and to them it was more than just folklore, it was common belief.
Using Blood Magic for Spells and Rituals:
Pact Making: One of the most common uses for blood in magic and ritual is to use it to sign a pact with Satan. In this way you are connecting a part of yourself and your life force to the act of signing your pact. You only need a small amount of your own blood to do this.
The best way to gather it is to use a sterile blood lancet on your fingertip. It’s not hard to do, but do make sure that you keep it clean and sterile for your own safety. Draw some blood into a small dish. You don’t need much.
Afterwards use a sterile ink nub or a feather quill like the one shown on the left, to draw your signature or to simply sign your pact with an X.
Using Blood for Binding: Another use for blood in magic is to use it with a binding spell. For instance, using a drop of blood in candle or sigil magic can bind your target to you in a magical way. If you wanted to cast a spell of lust or desire you could use blood as a focus for your magical work. By doing this you are binding your target.
The association with blood and life-force and vigor can be compared to sympathetic magic, because it contains the qualities and energy of the person that it belonged to. The use of personal items like fingernails, hair, or even bits of clothing that came from a target in a magic spell, directs the spell onto the target by association.
1,2 The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages, Perigree Press, pg- 22-23, Richard Cavendish [accessed 7/14/17]